Do you wish you could just be consistent with your exercise?

I’m here to argue that you can become instantly consistent.

I know this goes against popular thought. Most people believe that change has to be worked at for months or even years. We expect to try and fail numerous times before we ultimately give up or succeed.

How many people do you know who struggle with been consistent and exercise regularly? They want to make a healthy change by getting in shape, but the change never seems to take hold.

Is there something in your life that you want to change? Do you have weight to lose? Do you have high blood pressure? Do you have a pair of pants that don’t fit anymore? Are you sick and tired of feeling uncomfortable? Are you losing your mind because one minute you are motivated and the next minute you are not?

What is keeping you from been consistent with exercise and introducing it back in your life?

I went to my Tony Robbins material and according to Tony (professional speaker and author), it’s the getting ready to change that takes time. In the end there’s a single instant when the change occurs. Robbins goes on to outline three specific beliefs that you must have in order to instantly create a lasting change.

Belief #1: Something must change.

Do you sort of want to get to exercise, or do you absolutely have to exercise? Does dropping a few kilos sound nice, or is living another day feeling overweight unbearable? In order to make a lasting change you must be convinced that the time has come.

Belief #2: I must change it.

It is vital that you take full responsibility in making the change. Sure, your coach may assist you, but in the end you are the one who is going to make it happen. You have to need this change enough to make it your personal mission—no one else will do it for you.

Belief #3: I can change it.

Don’t let past failures get in your way. The truth is that you do amazing things when you put your mind to it. Believe that you are capable of exercising regularly or making any other positive change in your life.

Why do most people fail to make lasting change? They leave it up to willpower. This works for a while, but you’ll always revert back to what’s comfortable. The solution?

Change what you’re comfortable with.

You’ve probably heard that humans are motivated by two things: 1) to avoid pain and 2) to gain pleasure. When you want to change a behaviour pattern the key is to associate pain with the behaviour that you don’t want and pleasure with the behaviour that you do want.

You know that you want to lose weight and that to do so you need to quit eating comfort food late at night. You also know that you need to start exercising on a regular basis. Up until this point your brain is trained to associate pleasure with eating comfort food late at night and to associate pain and discomfort with exercise.

It’s time to retrain your brain to feel good about exercise and to feel bad about eating late at night. Think about all of the negative things about being overweight and connect these unpleasant thoughts to your late night snack.

Now think about all of the wonderful things about being in shape and connect these pleasant thoughts to exercise. You will automatically start feeling good.

This is what I mean by, change can happen in an instant.

Break these Habits

The following 3 habits will result in weight gain faster than you can say ‘anti-fitness habits.’ Break these habits quickly.

  • Drinking no water. Sodas, calorie filled coffee drinks, smoothies and fruit juices are filled with calories. Since liquids won’t give you a ‘full’ feeling, these drinks slide by without notice of how many extra calories you’re getting. Stick with water to avoid extra calories.
  • Not Exercising. Skipping your workout day after day, week after week, and month after month will lead to weight gain and a reduced metabolism. Exercise 3-5 days per week to keep your weight off and metabolism high.
  • Eating at night and falling asleep. Eating at night, while watching a movie and falling asleep will set you up for weight gain. Train yourself to stop the comfort and associate the act with the pain of weight gain.

Committed to your success, best

Team EFF bootcamp